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I blog about sustainable fashion, earth-friendly fibers like hemp and Tencel, capsule wardrobes, travel wear, and related subjects.
A well chosen skirt or two can make terrific travel wear or become essential elements in your capsule wardrobe at home.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I’m a big fan of casual skirts for travel. In fact, I recently put up a Pinterest travel clothing board here to help spread the word about skirts. But of course, with skirts it goes much further than that. A well-chosen skirt selection can become a core element in your capsule wardrobe; one that’s at home in a wide array of settings.
Another great Board: Sustainable Clothing ~ Eco Friendly Clothing
Feast your eyes: Plum Clothing: a color that's rich and artistic
In creating the Sympatico casual skirt lineup, freedom of movement is paramount. Comfort, both physically and socially is another consideration. I design my skirts with lengths intended to work in many different situations, including cultures where modesty is important. My longer skirts, such as the Curved Skirt and Angled Skirt, will appeal to anyone seeking sun protection or culturally-appropriate coverage.
With a length that falls at mid-calf for many women, the Angled Skirt has simple, timeless lines that work in nearly any context.
The Flip Skirt is for those situations where you’re comfortable exposing more leg. I designed the Flip Skirt in two lengths: a 20” version and a 24” version so you can find your own coverage sweet spot.
Sympatico’s hemp and Tencel skirts are designed and built for the long run. Both fibers are very durable as well as breathable. They’re also easy to live and travel with. Roll up your skirt before packing it in your suitcase or bag. On arrival, hang your skirt up and spritz it with some water. Wrinkles will relax overnight, especially in humid conditions like a steamy bathroom.
The 27” Curved Skirt has a classic A-line and is slightly fitted with fullness through the thighs for easy movement.
Whether you’re on the road or sticking close to home, you can take comfort in knowing that your Sympatico skirt is designed and crafted in the US with respect for both the people involved as well as the earth. Fair wages and true sustainability are values that go to the heart of why I began Sympatico. Having worked in the apparel industry for many years and witnessed it moving offshore, I was convinced there was a better way to treat our planet and fellow humans.
Both the hemp and Tencel fibers used to make my fabric are raised without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Processing of the Tencel yarns is done in a closed-loop system that in part uses algae to break down the organic substances used in preparing the yarn for spinning and weaving. Virtually all these substances are recaptured. You can learn more about hemp’s advantages here, and the earth- and style-friendly attributes of Tencel here.
As a micro business, I work with very small dye lots, and early on I made the decision to use low-impact, fiber reactive dyes to create the Sympatico color palette. These dyes minimize the environmental cost of creating textile colors. As much as I would love to use all organic substances to dye the Sympatico collection, that currently is not practical. You can learn more about the ins and outs of environmentally responsible fabric dyes here.
Not certain which Sympatico skirt is right for you? I'm happy to offer shopping and sizing advice either by email or phone. I can be reached between 9 am and 6 pm Pacific Time at 541-899-3988.
Mandalay. I love how the syllables tumble effortlessly from our lips. When I was a kid, it was the royal capital of the country then known as Burma, and usually now called Myanmar. It has always seemed an unimaginably exotic place. Today, Mandalay is still considered the cultural and academic hub of Upper Burma. It's [...]
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Jane’s Paprika Tuxedo Top accessorized with some well-chosen scarves served her well on a recent Japanese trip.Our latest Travel Tale focuses on a creatively simple packing plan. When Jane Averill packed for her recent trip to Japan, simplicity was key. As she writes, “The (Tuxedo) top was one of the few things I took with me, as I [...]
Seeking a sustainably grown and produced natural fiber fabric that would work with the whole Sympatico line led me to the hemp and Tencel blend I’ve used ever since. While both hemp and Tencel tops have lots to recommend them, weaving those two fibers together results in a blend that enhances the virtues of each.The [...]
Although intrepid women explorers are sometimes shown wearing pants, there’s a convincing case to be made for the long travel skirt when it come to adventurous excursions. On my own overseas jaunts I’ve found a long skirt often makes an ideal travel companion. Why? Let me count the ways: A well chosen long skirt dresses up [...]
In school I was taught that black is the absence of color and I suppose that’s technically true. But maybe black is something like salt, an essential ingredient that is rarely foreground, but nonetheless, essential. I see it as a sort of seasoning for the whole Sympatico color palette.Because Sympatico’s hemp/Tencel blend has superb breathability, black [...]
I yielded to temptation with this post's headline. I can only plead that everybody seems to resort to puns where hemp coverage is concerned. But behind all the jokey headlines there’s a dawning reality that hemp offers a great alternative to synthetic fibers and rayons and even the old standard for comfort, cotton. Anastacia’s Tuxedo Top and Curved Skirt are [...]
"I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase." Diane von Furstenburg Is it possible to travel with an all-natural, sustainably-made wardrobe? The answer to that question is, of course, it depends on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Sometimes those realities impose solutions that involve so-called technical fibers. Given airline weight limits, it [...]